Richard Holmes ’68 Among NH’s 40 over 40
Richard Holmes ’68 has been named among the state’s “40 over 40” by the NH Humanities Council. Now retired, Richard spent 32 years teaching in Pelham, NH, and now spends much of his time writing and pursuing his interest in history.
Here’s what the Humanities Council had to say about him:
“Few have contributed as much to the study of Derry (fondly known as Old Nutfield) as Rick. As member or chair of the town Heritage Commission since 1985 and a founder of the Derry Museum of History, he has lent his expertise to officials and organizations in and beyond Derry, and has been a generous mentor. In his innumerable newspaper pieces and lectures, and the publication of half a dozen books, he has widely shared his knowledge with the public. Rick serves on the board of trustees of the Robert Frost Farm state historic site in Derry and the state committee for the Robert Frost/Old Stagecoach Scenic Byway. He has often represented Greater Derry at special events in Northern Ireland, strengthening the ties between the American and British London/Derrys. But most of all, Rick loves to tell stories, and this humanistic imperative has popularized history and strengthened the community and state of which he is a proud citizen. In 2012, Rick was appointed Derry’s official town historian with an office in the municipal center where, as a volunteer, he answers historical questions of anyone who comes through the door.”